Trials: More than six years in prison after fatal speeding accident

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More than six years in prison after fatal speeding accident

The accused comes into the courtroom. photo

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A speeder lost control of his car while driving at about 200 kilometers per hour and killed an oncoming driver. He filmed the accident himself.

A speeder has been sentenced to six years and three months in prison after a fatal car accident in Swabia.

The 28-year-old accused was driving on a state road at a speed of around 200 kilometers per hour – about twice as fast as allowed. He lost control of his car, threw himself into the oncoming lane and into the vehicle of a 54-year-old. The mother of four had no chance and died instantly.

The criminal chamber of the Augsburg Regional Court convicted the man on Thursday of a prohibited motor vehicle race resulting in death. “It turns out to be insane,” said presiding judge Roland Christiani about the defendant’s driving style. It doesn’t matter whether the man ultimately drove at 180 or 200 km/h.

The German citizen, who was also under the influence of drugs behind the wheel, recorded his breakneck drive with a so-called dashcam and thus also documented the accident for the investigators. His passenger had cheered him on in the frenzy. The accused 29-year-old was therefore given a prison sentence of one year and ten months, which was suspended on probation, for being an accessory.

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